Ever since man cleared forests to make way for agriculture, the effect on our planet has been massive. The impact on our landscape grew rapidly after the industrial revolution. Today, the industrial production of fertilisers required to keep the crops growing quickly has affected it even more. With this in mind, and as part of his multidisciplinary Anthropocene Project, Canadian photographer Ed Burtynsky has a new London show at Flowers Gallery, entitled The Human Signature. It focuses particularly on how our reliance on fertiliser and the minerals we mine to create it and to sustain our modern way of life, are impacting upon our landscapes. Continue reading “Edward Burtynsky – The Human Signature”
1968 was a tumultuous year in world politics. Authority was being challenged in various ways in different parts of the world. The Tet offensive by the Viet Cong had dealt a psychological, if not military, blow to the American government and gave a huge impetus to the war’s opponents. Matters reached a head when protesters were brutally put down by the police outside the Democratic Party Convention in Chicago. Continue reading “The Day Spring Ended – Robert Aish”
For 10 years until 2017, Sophie Morrish was a familiar sight to many of the 1200 inhabitants of North Uist, the remote island in the Outer Hebrides and one of the most bio-diverse places in the UK. It’s a windy place where the calmness of the top image, Evening light from Kyles Beach, 2013, is an all-too rare occurrence for more than a few days at a time.
As a self-confessed obsessive, Morrish would walk the beaches of the 100 square mile island, observing, finding, photographing and collecting some of the remains of the fauna washed up on the shore. Continue reading “Sophie Morrish – Island Time: North Uist Works”
The London Open 2018, which was launched on Thursday at The Whitechapel Gallery, claims to feature some of the best contemporary art around by those resident in the capital. It happens every three years in a tradition dating back to 1932. Its judging panel, including the Gallery’s Emily Butler, whittled 2,600 applications down to those representing just 22 artists. They were chosen not only for the quality of their work, but also for representing various themes current in London over the past three years and for having a long-term engagement with their subject matter. Continue reading “The London Open 2018”
The image above is an example of how art can be used to highlight an environmental concern that is plaguing eco-systems the world over, in particular in areas vulnerable to the excesses of tourism. Spurred on by the publicity generated from the disturbing footage in Blue Planet 2, consciousness about the danger of plastic pollution has risen substantially recently. Yet, for many it’s been very late in coming. Continue reading “Alexander James – View from the Shoreline”